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New coal plans need clean-up to fight climate change

New government plans to clean up coal power stations are too weak to ensure that the UK keeps its promises to cut carbon emissions, Christian Aid says today (Monday, 9 November).

‘Companies want guarantees about the financial risk of building new coal power stations with carbon capture and storage. We want guarantees that those power stations will not exacerbate the already devastating effects of climate change in developing countries,’ said Dr Alison Doig, Senior Adviser on Climate Change at Christian Aid.

‘Today’s announcement by Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, will make new coal power stations less harmful to the world’s climate – but it could still allow them to remain unacceptably dirty and damaging.

‘Christian Aid wants assurances that there will be near-zero carbon emissions from new coal power stations by the 2020s. And in order to meet the recommendations by the government’s Committee on Climate Change, we need a clear plan for an emissions performance standard to help cut UK power sector emissions to zero by 2030. Ed Miliband’s announcement today falls well short of that.’

Another flaw in the plan is that it has nothing to say about how the UK will transfer carbon capture and storage technology to developing countries such as India and China. It is right to spend public money on testing CCS – but the funds must be used as leverage to ensure that recipient companies share their results with poor countries.’

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Notes to Editors:

1. For more information and to arrange interviews, contact Rachel Baird on 0207 523 2446 or 07545 501 749 or rbaird@christian-aid.org

2. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the life they deserve.

3. Climate change is already depriving poor people in many developing countries of their livelihoods.  Christian Aid believes that it must urgently be tackled, in order to help achieve a world free of poverty.  Our new drive, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end global poverty.  Details at www.christianaid.org.uk

4. Christian Aid is calling on Gordon Brown to press rich countries at the crucial UN climate change summit in Copenhagen in December to commit to at least 40 per cent reductions in carbon emissions by 2020.  It also wants the UK government, along with other industrialised countries, to commit to providing more than 110 billion Euros a year to developing countries, along with technology transfers, to enable them to develop in a low carbon way and adapt to climate change. Together with faith-based development agencies in a number of other European countries, we have launched a climate justice campaign called Countdown to Copenhagen. www.christianaid.org.uk/copenhagen

5. Christian Aid is a member of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, made up of more than 100 organisations with 11 million supporters.

6. Join ‘The Wave’  – expected to be the largest demonstration in support of climate justice the UK has ever seen. On Saturday December 5, just before the UN summit, an ecumenical service will be held in Central Hall, Westminster, by the Archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster. A carnival-style street procession through London organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition will then take place. Tens of thousands of climate justice campaigners are expected to participate. www.stopclimatechaos.org/the-wave

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